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Indi Weekly Scoop, January 22, 2016

Posted January 22, 2016



Indi mobile phone black spot nominations

A list of 42 mobile phone black spots has been submitted to Government. Under Round Two of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme, Cathy was invited by the Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield, to submit three new priority locations for Indi. She worked with the Indi Telecommunications Action Group (ITAG), with representatives from each council, to nominate the following locations based on people’s safety in emergencies and community support: King Valley, including Cheshunt South and Rose River, Kevington in the Mansfield Shire and the Tallangatta and Mitta valleys. Kancoona will be carried over from Round One. Cathy will continue to advocate for improved mobile phone coverage for all communities.

A first for Indi – a community vision for the future

It’s a privilege to have former Melbourne Lord Mayor Winsome McCaughey AO, who grew up near Benalla, to launch the Indi Community Summit Report – Delivering Our Vision. The launch is next Wednesday, January 27 at the Huon Hill Hotel, Wodonga at 10.3am. The report outlines the vision and actions arising from the inaugural Indi Summit held on 24 October 2015. Other speakers include report author Susan Benedyka facilitator Janelle Boynton and Mt Beauty Secondary College students Marvin Smith and Tallon Smith who participated in the Summit, and will share their experiences of being part of this inaugural community event. RSVP online.

Agricultural inquiry comes to Indi

Cathy welcomes her colleagues on the HOR Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry to Wodonga this week. The public hearing for the Agricultural Innovation Inquiry is being held on Thursday, January 27. Nine local groups, including the Alpine Valleys Dairy Pathways Project, Charles Sturt University, Rutherglen Premium Lamb and North East Catchment Management Authority, will appear at the hearing. This is a great opportunity for the agricultural sector to explain what is needed for agriculture and food production and manufacturing to thrive in the North East using the latest technology. Public hearing program information can be found online.

Have your say

Country of Origin Labelling - Feedback is being taken on the proposed Country of Origin Labelling reforms until January 29. Have your say online.

Arts - The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts is holding an inquiry into the importance of public and commercial broadcasting, online content and live production to rural and regional Australia, including the arts, news and other services. Submissions are being taken until 5 February 2016. Terms of reference and submission information can be found here.

Innovation - Joint Select Committee on Trade and Investment Growth will investigate how the research and innovation sector can better assist in overcoming Australia’s geographic, economic, and labour challenges. There is also a focus on commercialisation including, how technology imports and exports could be further facilitated. Submissions close 11 February 2016 and can be made here.

Transport and economic growth - The Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities has launched an inquiry into increased transport connectivity and economic activity, with a focus on value-capture as a funding mechanism for infrastructure development. Terms of reference and submission information can be found online. Submissions close on 12 February 2016.

ABC – Senate inquiry to investigate how the ABC delivers services in regional Australia. Submissions close 26 February 2016 and can be submitted here.


°         National Stronger Regions Fund - Round 3 closes 15 March 2016. Communities are encouraged to liaise with their local council about submissions for community-based projects. Information here.

°         Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Small Grants for Rural Communities - Open until March 24. Grants up to $5000 are available for projects and activities to benefit rural and regional communities. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or under.

Helping local students - Border Trust is working in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal on the Back to School Program. In 2015, the program provided 790 young people with a $50 voucher. This year there is a shortfall and this will have an impact on many local families and students. Donations of $50 will help one more student.  Donate online.

Cathy’s diary

Australia Day – Mansfield & Tolmie Australia Day events

Wednesday, January 27 – Indi Community Summit Report Launch

Thursday, January 28 – Ag Innovation Inquiry, public hearing, Wodonga

Friday, January 29 – Ag Innovation Inquiry, public hearing, Melbourne

IMAGE: Carol Richardson and Doug Weedon from Myrtleford visit my office today to pick up a new flag before Australia Day next Tuesday. The Australian flag has been flying proudly at Carol's home for 45 years.


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